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Thursday, 19 August 1920

Mr SPEAKER - I have no official knowledge of that; but if that is so, the honorable member for Flinders will not be in order in proceeding.

Mr Bruce - I had no knowledge of any action being taken, and I am merely raising this point -

Mr SPEAKER - One moment. I am given to understand that a writ has been issued in the matter. In that case, the honorable member will not be in order in proceeding to discuss a case with which the Courts are about to deal.

Mr Bruce - May I explain that I am not in any way challenging any action of the Government? It is necessary to collect Customs duties to-day, and to continue to collect them ; and all I wish to discuss is the basis on which those duties shall be assessed. I make no sort of reference to anything connected with the legality of any action of the Government in the past, or any action the Government may take in the future. No question of that kind is involved in my motion; I merely raise the question of the administrative rule we are going to follow in Australia.

Mr SPEAKER - If the honorable member proceeds on that line, he will be in order.

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